Prince Harry returned to the United States looking sullen on Sunday evening after taking off from his grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee in a private jet before the celebrations were over.
Harry – who was booed alongside his wife Meghan Markle in their only official appearance on their rare trip to the UK – looked particularly grim when photographed after returning to his new home in Santa Barbara, California.
He had left his former UK home, Frogmore Cottage, in time to leave Farnborough Airport at 1.30pm, according to the Sun – that is before his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, make her last appearance at the celebrations that marked her. historic reign of 70 years.
“There was no fanfare, they just left,” an insider told The Sun of the trip which was the first time in the UK for Harry’s daughter Lilibet.
“They didn’t stick around for the Platinum Jubilee contest,” the insider said.
Their private jet was valued at around $200,000, according to the Sun, which pointed out that it was unclear who paid for it.
As Prince Harry travelled, his grandmother appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, and his wife, Camilla – as well as Harry’s brother, Prince William, 39 years, his wife, Catherine, 40, and their three young children.
It was seen by royal watchers as a clear show of the monarchy’s future, with Harry taking no place after his shock exit in 2020.
During his short trip, Harry had been kept mostly behind the scenes. He was booed on his only official appearance, at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, where he was also kept away from members of the royal family, including his once close brother.
Harry and Meghan declined the opportunity to have snacks and drinks with family members after the service, the British newspaper said.
Their children, Archie and Lilibet, have not been seen in public at all.
However, some younger royals – not including William’s children – attended a low-key garden party to celebrate Lilibet’s first birthday, the Sun reported.